I follow a lot of parenting and mommy blogs as well as s bunch of kid-centered Instagram accounts where people post pictures that can be viewed publicly by pretty much anybody. While I am an extreme over-sharer on my personal Facebook account, which my brother-in-law mocks me for, my account is private and I know all the people who are able to see my kids.
On this blog and on Instagram, I am happy to post “pieces” of my kids, as someone called it. I take pictures of their feet, or a close up of a part of their faces, but I never post their full pictures. I would hate to be out somewhere and have someone that we don’t know recognize them from a blog or social media. They are just kids and stranger danger is a big issue.
But here’s the thing with this, not showing my kids online is what works for me. That is my personal preference. I love some of the Instagram accounts that I follow with adorable kids doing adorable things, but I don’t want to put my own kids out there like that.
In an age where we are all somehow connected to social media, we have new issues to consider in our parenting styles. I post pictures on Facebook, but some parents don’t want their kids on the site at all. Others set up accounts for their children when they are only a few minutes old.
It is easy to see other people’s choices on this topic and think, well that is just crazy! Who would do that? But it’s important to remember we all know the type of life we want for our own kids and we should respect each other’s choices. Ask a parent before you post pictures of their children online. Don’t make fun of their two-year-old’s Facebook page.
All we can do is our best as parents. Whether you breastfeed or use bottles, whether you stay home with your kids or go to work and whether you post their every milestone to Facebook or share those moments with family face to face, it’s ok. We are all different and as long as are kids are happy, healthy and taken care of, we are doing alright.